*****************WARNING: it’s a bit rambly today!**************************
We all have decisions to make. From crawling out of bed in the morning to what time we will crawl back in that bed later that day…AND ALL THE IN BETWEEN. What will we do? Will we accomplish much? Will we be lazy, productive or crazy busy?
Will I do what is right? Will I take the wrong path? Will I lead others or follow them?
No matter what age, we have decisions. As youngins…those decisions might of seemed big then, but looking back now, they definitely seem a lot more simple than the decisions I have to make now. I had peer pressure, sure. I had friends who led me here or there and sometimes to a place that got me in some major trouble–but I chose to follow. I had decisions and I made them for myself –no matter who was influencing me. If I drank something bad for me, I put it to my lips. If I ended up at a location that I definitely knew was going to be a bad place to be, I drove myself there OR chose to get in the vehicle with someone who did. I gave the “go-ahead.”
I had great parents who wanted me to do right. They told me what was right and wrong. They did everything but draw me a map to success, but I didn’t listen to their words all of the time. Well, I listened but then I did whatever I wanted. I’m not trying to say I was a horrible child, but at times, I was stubborn. I went my way and decided where I would go, what I would do and who I would be with. I MADE THE DECISIONS.
I had great teachers who wanted me to do right. They helped me understand what was right and wrong. They did everything to explain things and sometimes even had me draw a map to success, but I didn’t listen to their words all of the time either. I heard them, but sometimes I did whatever I wanted. I did heed their words most of the time, because for some reason, I believed they knew more than my parents. Either way, I MAKE THE DECISIONS.
I know I’m rambling. I’m doing this most of all for my own benefit. I need to remind myself that I made stupid mistakes. As a youth, I was lost and dumb. I allowed situations and people to pull me and put me in places I didn’t need to be. Looking back, I could have been worse, but I sure could have been better as well.
I have to remind myself of these things when I get so distraught about a student who has made one of these stupid decisions. I have to remember that we all make decisions…and not all of them are great, RIGHT decisions. I have to remember that I had people praying for me. I had mentors who were pulling for me. I had friends and family who never gave up on me because I made stupid decisions.
That is who I want to be for my students…I WILL PRAY, I WILL PULL…I WILL NEVER GIVE UP…for them!
…and I have to remember that no matter what I do…they will still make their own decisions…
I pray they learn from the mistakes, learn from the victories and learn from ALL their decisions.